Much gossiped about on fan forums in advance of its official launch on Friday evening, Yamaha has announced a replacement for the ageing MOXF synth – the much snazzier, and even cheaper, MODX.
Yamaha says the new MODX series ‘honours the legacy of the popular MOXF synthesizer range and expands on it. An outstanding collection of different sounds, deep sound adjustment options and enhanced controllability – the MODX synthesizers combine high-end virtues with lightweight, mobile design and a very affordable price tag’.
Compared to its predecessors, the new MODX range offers additional functions and workflow improvements. All three models; MODX6, MODX7 and MODX8 feature four faders, a multi-purpose Super Knob and a touch screen. Seamless Sound Switching avoids cutting off sounds when changing between performances. The MODX series allows for up to 128 notes of AWM2 stereo samples in addition to 64 FM-X synthesizer voices. Employing up to 13 simultaneous dual insert effects and supplementing three independent master effects unlocks even more sound-designing potential.
Yamaha says the MODX sound library encompasses a huge catalogue of both modern and classic sounds, since its engine employs the very same technologies that also empower Yamaha’s flagship MONTAGE: AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) sampling and synthesis engine and frequency modulation FM-X. MODX synthesisers are compatible with performances from MONTAGE, MOTIF XS/XF, MOXF and, by means of the free FM Converter on YamahaSynth.com, with DX and TX sounds, granting MODX users access to one of the largest sound libraries. A sampled Bösendorfer Imperial Premium grand piano and the possibilities of sound-sharing web portal Soundmondo enhance the sonic capabilities even further. Motion Control incorporates this wealth of sounds into a programmable matrix for dynamic sound textures, so the MODX series combines excellent sounds with unmatched performance possibilities for sonic manipulation, Yamaha claims.
The three MODX models differ mainly in size, catering to the needs of different kinds of musicians. The smallest model is MODX6 with 61 semi-weighted keys to meet the demands of synthesiser fans and sound programmers who want to focus on getting the most out of the sampling and synthesis engines. With 76 keys, the MODX7 offers more room for playing hands and is made for keyboardists who want to have their sounds available over a wider range of keys. The MODX8 features 88 Graded Hammer keys: ‘…to satisfy even the most discerning pianists by providing them the feedback they need for a perfect performance’.
MODX6, MODX7 and MODX8 synthesisers remain compact and lightweight, rendering them the ideal for gigs and rehearsals. Even the large MODX8 with its 88 Graded Hammer keyboard weighs only 13.8 kg. High-quality soft cases are available..
Prices including VAT are:
MODX6 61 Keys, Semi-Weighted, 6,6Kg £1242 €1446
MODX7 76 Keys, Semi-Weighted, 7,4Kg £1420 €1653
MODX8 88 Keys, GHS, 13,8Kg £1642 €1911
SCMODX6 MODX6 Soft Case £115 €134
SCMODX7 MODX7 Soft Case £115 €134
SCMODX8 MODX8 Soft Case £186 €216